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Help for Small Businesses

Since 1999, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center has operated the Small Business Legal Assistance Program to provide legal assistance to the District’s small businesses. It provides the following services:

  • Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinics. The purpose of the clinics is to provide brief legal information to small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs who operate in economically disadvantaged areas or who have limited financial resources. The clinics provide current and aspiring business owners with an opportunity to speak with an attorney one-on-one. Volunteer attorneys help review legal documents and answer questions about starting a business, taxation, real estate leases, employment law, and other legal issues common to small business owners.

    COVID-19 Update: The Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinics are now offered virtually, on a rolling basis. Brief attorney consultations are set over video call or phone as small business owners sign up, and if an attorney with the appropriate expertise to assist is identified. Small business owners must register for the virtual Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinics.
  • Small Business Trainings. The Small Business Legal Assistance Program conducts trainings in conjunction with small business counseling centers, government agencies and law firms in order to educate small businesses on important legal issues. Topics include employment law, government contracts, commercial leases and other legal issues. The events calendar is updated as these sessions are announced. View recordings of past webinars in our online archive.
  • Small Business Legal Resources. The Small Business Legal Assistance Program offers free guides, alerts on law changes, a trainings archive and other useful legal information on our online resource center, through the LawHelp website.

If you have any questions, please contact us.